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, a christmas surprise no one wished for. a tornado caught on video as it touched down right this city center. emergency management officials say the twister left lots of damage in its wake blowing out first and second floor windows at the mobile infirmary medical center and the roof at the high school. so far no injuries or death, but wit trees and power lines down tens of thousands are without electricity. one store sent customers scrambling for cover. >> one customer looked out the window and said there's actually a tornado coming. i looked out and you could see the sparks flying and debris flying around. i got everybody together, about seven customers. everybody huddle around we need to go to the back. >> i probably hurt my baby grabbing her and huddling for protection. there was no time. >> reporter: it was a massive storm system that stretched across the nation. earlier a tornado touched down in mcneil, mississippi and several people suffered minor injuries. in texas, one near crockett decide to livestock feed store and high winds toppled trees killing a driver trying to remove another
for right in this city center. it left lots of damage in its wa wake, blowing out first and second floor windows at the medical center and the roof at the high school. there are no deaths but tens of thousands are without electricity. it sent customers running for cover. >> he looked out the windows and said there is a tornado coming. i looked out, saw the debris flying around, got everybody and the customers an said, we need to run to the back and everybody huddle down. >> i probably hurt my baby grabbing her running for protection. there was no time. >> reporter: the twister was from a massive storm that stretched across the nation. earlier, a tornado touched down near mcneil, mississippi and sever people were hurt with minor injuries. and one destroyed a feed store and in texas, a driver was killed trying to remove another limb from the road and it caused a white christmas in the dallas area and in lubbock, texas looked like a winter wonderland. it could cause more problems later in the week as it moves east. birmingham, alabama. >> dillon will tell us where the storm is in a few minu
's 4 baltimore this afternoon which could change to rain. but north and west of the city i would be careful. if you are a north and west of the city, if you do not have to be on the roads, i would say stay home. >> the other big story. police and anne arundel county investigate a deadly christmas morning shooting inside a store. kim dacey tells us it was part of a break-in and this time the store owner took matters in his own hands. >> police say it all unfolded when an intruder broke into a business and was confronted by the store's owner. christmas morning anne arundel cundiff please investigate the death of 30-year old by rental but chester was found shot to death in front of our rumble. and collectibles -- arundel points and collectibles. tuesday morning feliz brogan to the store not knowing someone was inside. cousel for the witness -- police a bet -- butler, would they identified as an employee, got into an altercation inside the business and philip was eventually shot. a lot of then ran out of the business and collapse in the park in jeppe. according to butler's lawyer, he
that shut down interstate 40 joust outside oklahoma city. texas got a double dose of bad weather, a 25-year-old man was killed near houston after a tree fell on his pickup. snow covered the ground in long view and turned dallas into a winter wonderland and blizzard warnings stretched from arkansas to pennsylvania. turning to mobile, alabama, windows were shattered and cars tossed off streets as this tornado touched down. >> oh my god, we need to go. it's right there. >> that's scary. several buildings damaged and several car accidents were blamed on the storm but no reports of serious injuries. emergency management officials tell cnn power has been restored to many customers, just over 7,000 in the dark, down from 23,000 last night. we head to mobile, christina leavenworth of w.e.a.r. in just about an hour weather officials will assess damage. christina, what are you hearing so far? >> reporter: good morning, carol. we are seeing a lot of damage here and it's widespread. the national weather service is saying the tornado touched down in five different locations, one of them here at murphy h
a major snow event for the northeast i-95 cities. so we should be doing okay there. but still, nonetheless, snowy travel for many across the appalachians and northern new england. going back to wednesday, d.c., certainly impacted. pittsburgh, on back into cleveland, all these airports where we expect the snow, there will be severe weather in raleigh down to the south of this. but it's all go up to the north because the storm hasn't gotten into the thick of it yet. thursday, up into new england goes the meat of the storm. but backlash snow and wind. and on friday, we got the all go as we are now in a break between storms. but a break is the keyword there. but here comes the trough of low pressure sliding off to the great lakes and the rocky mountains. and that means a new storm will develop and impact these areas into saturday. a lot of people potentially heading back this weekend. more rain and snow. right now, it's too early to call from new york up to boston. rain or snow. but right now, d.c. looks like they're right on that rain/snow line. this one could be much more impactful for the n
charges and the charges are dismissed. i don't think i'm somebody who i had the new york city da office in my pocket. they didn't believe the guy had been struck and dismissed the charges. there was no case there. >> but is there a way to deal with the -- i say this with great respect because i know you get much more attention than i would. whenever i come across these guys, especially tmz. they follow you around with a video. >> you have a very low threshold for entertainment. >> i find it a necessary bapartf the business. i would call them attacks, attacks on show business. >> my attitude is the business would be infinitely better if all of them were gone. >> really? >> if i could press a button and flush them down some swirling sewer vortex, i would do it. where's the button? hand it to me now. >> here's the deal, we'll leave you alone but you can never have any more publicity in any newspaper or magazine for anything you do? >> that is not practical. you and i know that you will have publicity. i'm not opposed to, even though i'm not ecstatic about all the entertainment journalism o
's blowing across the country, hitting big cities and stranding travelers just before christmas. it's friday, december 21st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning. i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> no end of the world just yet. >> not yet. >> we're rocking steady up here. it is friday, everybody. 12-21-21. good morning, i'm rob nelson. that storm is blasting a big area from chicago to boston this morning. the latest is coming up in a second. from accuweather the story of the week, in connecticut, that tragedy. and one week after the massacre, how the nation will pause today and remember the victims as the debate over gun violence continues to intensify around the country. another somber occasion in what's been an extraordinarily somber week. >> for me it doesn't even feel like a week. >> no. and you can imagine in newtown, it doesn't feel anything like christmas should feel. just horribly sad. we'll bring you the latest coming up in a second. >>> also this morning, the people who are insisting that the end of the world is happening today, all this talk abou
, today is christmas eve and the vatican city now, catholics are preparing to celebrate the birth of jesus christ. thousands are gathering at st. peter's basilica. in just two hours, the pope will celebrate christmas eve mass. in bethlehem, christians are gathering at the church of the in nativity. it is believed to be the birth place of jesus christ. now, palestinian authorities in the west bank were concerned with regards to tourism because of the recent conflict between israel and hamas and the gaza strip that this could deter visitors to the site this year. >>> pope benedict xvi is preparing to deliver his homily, marking one of the holiest years for catholic. joining me on the phone is raymond arroyo. thank you for being with us. pope benedict xvi, the christmas eve homily, we get one every year from the pontiff. >> right. >> what are you expecting this year in particular? >> well, you know, hala, after reading the pope's new book, which is all about the infancy and the birth of christ, one imagines he'll sound similar things. there he really talked about the freedom that, you know, t
, and it's those big cities in and around new york and new jersey and washington, big-time travel delays at the airports. already canceling hundreds of flights because of the winds tonight into tomorrow. >> i think i got lucky being in the washington, d.c. area. one of the few people that will avoid all of this stuff, this big mess for the holiday. alexandria, thank you very much. we hope everyone is safe in travels. >>> emergency crews are working to get the power back on. more than 200,000 homes along the gulf coast right now. the tornado that touched down in mobile, alabama, did major damage to one school. this is the historic murphy high school. it's almost 100 years old. it was smashed by trees. it is missing its roof today. that is where christina lever worth is from our aaffiliate a wear. give us a tour of that area and what you've seen in terms of the devastation. >> reporter: absolutely, suzanne. for the most part the damage is widespread. murphy high school, the worst hit. right behind me is the baseball facility, completely destroyed. beyond that is these portable classrooms
of the country digs out from the last one. major cities from washington, d.c. to new york to boston in its path. >>> let's make a deal. president obama sitting down with top congressional leader from both parties in just hours. can they agree on something before sending the country over the fiscal cliff? >>> and holy cow. $8 for a gallon of milk? why that utterly ridiculous price could be a very real possibility today, friday, december 28th, 2012. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm willie geist in this morning. she is full of milk puns this morning. holy cow. utterly. >> what are you, lactose intolerant? >> the trifecta. >> we'll move on to the big story, which is the weather. we're bracing for another big storm before the last one is done. >> it's expected to bring a new round of travel headaches during a holiday travel weekend. how will it impact you in more on that ahead. >>> also, retired general norman schwarzkopf has died at the age of 78. he's being remembered as one of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more o
to listen to the funnel cloud as it approached the city. >> christmas day tornado. going through mobile. oh, my god, look, that's a tornado. oh, wow. oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> look at that. it caused a lot of damage. and knocked out power to more than 20,000 customers. incredibly, no one was killed, although at least two storm-related deaths were reported elsewhere. but even nature's most destructive forces can have a beautiful side. the storm generated this end-to-end rainbow as it passed near jackson, mississippi. let's get to alexandra steele. >> the legs on this thing are insane. certainly one for the record books. on the snow side and on the severe side, mobile, two tornadoes, one yesterday and then one five days before that. it was the greatest christmas day tornado outbreak on the records, for the record books since records have been kept. in denver, the first white christmas in three years. dallas, the 4 inches of snow. last time that happened, 1926. in little rock, 9 inches. last time they had any measurable snow of that nature was in 1926. must have been a snowy year tha
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of a subway train in new york city. the man was killed and a woman who was talking to herself pushed him on the tracks. his back was turned and they don't know if he knew the woman. they are looking for her. it will be harder for people to load up. employees in delaware and 3 m will no longer get to go outside for a quick moke break. north dakota dack also banned smoke nothing public places. >> kelly: there is a discussion of how to keep our kids safe in school. >> the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. >> kelly: that statement stirred up a lot of controversy. but our next guest agrees and has a solution of his own. tom horn is the attorney general of his own. he proposes arming one educator per school. attorney general horn, how did you come up with the plan and why are you trying to implement it. >> i tried to come up with a golden mean between two extremes. one point is teachers come nothing the school with guns. i think th
the cameras are rolling and you capture this craziness. >> amazing picture. my goodness. >>> oklahoma city police are looking for whoever put two pipe bombs on a truck. the driver found them attached to his fuel tank after he got back from a 400-mile trip. the truck reportedly was hauling rock. you can imagine what happened if this thing blew up. a bomb squad destroyed the explosives. >>> also new this morning, a medical chopper goes down in north central illinois, it was on its way to a hospital. three people on board all crew members, were killed. rockford memorial hospital told the chicago tribune that two nurses were on the chopper as well. no patients were on the chopper. >>> just 21 days until the tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. remember, congress is supposed to break for the holidays at the end of this week. here's the latest. house speaker john boehner and his aides were quietly conducting behind the scenes fiscal cliff talks with the white house. on capitol hill for one day at least, all was pretty quiet. posturing and finger pointing kind of stopped. cnn political reporter s
. >>> in other news, hundreds of schoolteachers plan to attend firearms training today in salt lake city. the 200 teachers come from districts all across utah and volunteered for the concealed weapons training offered each year. organizers say in past years, only a few dozen teachers have attended, but they're expecting an overflow crowd now. >>> to another growing gun controversy over a newspaper's decision to publish the names and addresses of hand gun permit holders. even though the information is a matter of public record, the publication has outraged a lot of readers. they suggest it puts the permit holders in danger because criminals have a guide to places they can steal guns. >> disclosure of the name and home address of every firearms licensee in new york has been a matter of public record for years. >> i may have some neighbors that don't look in favor of gun owners, and may feel threatened. >> how is this for payback? some publicized the home addresses and phone number of the reporter who wrote the piece, along with other journalists at the paper. >> a little payback there. as you saw,
, and alabama. the hardest hit, mobile, where a twister ripped through the city downing tree, power lines and damaging more than 100 homes and businesses as well as a church and a high school. some were caught on the road when the tornado hit. >> at that poibnt, we just drov as fast as we possibly could. >> reporter: today officials assessed the damage and a cleanup began across much of the south. >> this is a dangerous situation with all the roofs off and the win did windows blown out. >> reporter: the top priority, getting power back to more than 215,000 residents across the southeast left in the dark. we temperatures expected to dip below freezing in some areas, officials say the main concern is keeping people safe. and almost 1200 flights today already have been canceled across the country and they're expecting many more delays. as a matter of fact, some airports are seeing almost four hours of delays. so they're telling people to check at the airport, check your flights before you get there. and as the storm continues to move into the northeast tonight and tomorrow, there will be mor coming up, the outlook for health care in 2013. here's a hint -- think taxes. [ male announcer ] citi turns 200 this year. in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move from ambition to achievement. and the next great idea could be yours. ♪ >>> time to prep your portfolio. bertha coombs with what's in stoke for the health care sector in 2013. >> reporter: the rollout of bicycle care will weigh heavily on health care services, medical devices, and health insurers. hospital stocks the best performers in the health care sector in 2012, likely to be volatile and vulnerable in 2013. new medicare rules peg reimbursement rates more to outcomes rather than just the number of procedures. for insurers, 2013 will bring more m&a to diversified business as u.s. profit margins are kweezed by regulation and competition -- squeezed by regulation and competition. the acquisition of brazil
" starting right now. >>> live from the nasdaq market site in new york city's times square, i'm melissa lee. here are tonight's top three trades. cliff hanger. will we or won't we fall off the edge? only two trading days left to take your positions. block buster returns. his stock is up nearly 90%. michael burns of lionsgate gives us a sneak peak. and technical difficulty. why the charts are flashing warning signs for the with alls in the new year. let's go the traders. so, we ask you, dr. j, buyer or seller, and you're out? >> i'm out of everything. i am neither long nor short right here and the reason is because i think exactly what happened today, we could be sliding hard, mel, and then all of a sudden, a rumor can come out, we see a rally out of the s&p. we saw a 20-handle rally from the time more murph and i were on half time today. this is not something that's going to change, the way that i look at next year, which is that we have a lot of issues facing us right now. not the least of which is the debt ceiling just above us. we hit that monday, i think we might actually be there alrea
the term "super bowl"? denver broncos, dallas cowboys, kansas city chiefs, new york jets. >> i knew i was going to get a football question, and i don't know anything about football. meredith: hmm. well, you could jump it or ask the audience if you really have no idea. >> i know what the super bowl is. [laughter] ha ha! meredith: well, that's a start. >> that's a start. ha ha ha! but i think i'm gonna have to jump this question. meredith: ok, question is out of play. you don't have to answer it. let's see the rightsy chiefs. let's see what you jumped over. [audience groans] >> it's ok. meredith: all right. deep breath. >> deep breath. ha ha! meredith: that's always disappointing, but the good news is, by taking that jump, you are one step closer to the million dollars, 9 questions away. still got some big money left on that board, too. "anthems 101" is your category. what is the only color mentioned in the first stanza of "the star-spangled banner"? blue, white, red, green. >> i'm singing the song in my head. the--and i won't sing it to you guys. sorry. ha ha ha! i'm gonna go with b--w
are still without power after sunday's storm. >>> the windy city has been anything but windy these days. chicago is in the middle of a warm spell that feels a lot more like june than december. what is the guy doing wearing a packers' jersey downtown. shot up to 70 allowing chicagoans to abandon gear for shirts, t-shirts, bicycles. a little nom is day. cooler today. well above normal the i leave a year ago it's been warmer in chicago than it ever has been. >> nothing like a mild start to winter. that's what i am talking about. enjoy it, chicago, because you know it won't last. >> last winter was mild. >> for chicago standard. for chicago standard. >> for chicago. yes. >>> here's a look at your weather. showers and thunderstorms from houston to cleveland and nashville. the storms are going to move east to atlanta and pittsburgh. rain in the pacific northwest. up to a foot in the rockies, and cascade and sierra range. >> 50s from seattle to billings. 38 in the twin city. 70s across the south. >>> time now for our -- boom -- "favorite story of the day." i do love this. anyone who watches th
of this city were suddenly dark, leaving 17,000 homes and businesses without power. emergency crews blocked roads to better assess the damage, while the rain continued to pour on the city. >> oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> reporter: another of the more than a dozen tornadoes in the region damaged several homes in southeast mississippi. several people were injured, luckily none seriously. >> we have a lot of damage, people hurt. >> we've had homes that are 90% destroyed. >> reporter: the christmas day storm is being blamed for a young man's death in houston. he was trying to push aside a downed tree, when another tree snapped and fell on top of him, killing him instantly. blizzard conditions blanketed the midwest and beyond. snowplows had to clear roads as far south as lubbock, texas. interstate 40 near the intersection of i-35 and oklahoma was closed for most of christmas morning after a massive car pileup. freezing rain conditions caused 21 vehicles to crash into one another. several people were taken to the hospital. the storms are only expected to increase in strength as they sweep
-day saints in guatemala city, when she and a companion were kidnapped last week. her parents described their ordeal like this. >> with grief and despair and helpless. she is so far away and nothing you can do. you're sitting at their mercy. whatever their ransom is and whatever their demands are. >> i didn't know what to do. my dad was crying and my mom was crying. i thought i would not be able to see her again. >> she could finish stateside and take an easy route. she said she feels that is where she needs to be. she knows god was protecting her since this whole ordeal. she could feel angels protecting her and her companion while the whole thing unfold. never once did they fear for her life. wow, she is alive and put christmas in perspective. heather: fortunately the girls were not hurt. in fact sara told her parents she and her companion tried to reach out to their captors to teach them about their faith. gregg: a horrific scene in syria. airstrike by government forces on a crowded bakery reportedly killing dozens of people who were simply standing there waiting in line to buy bread,
is best circumstances. can be tricky. get a load of this. hundreds of workers at new york city jfk airport threatening to go on strike on december 20th. these are the security guards. none at the checkpoint. but they direct traffic, make sure the gates are secure. it could add to the chaos of travelers will feel over a busy holiday. planes will be packed. the airline trade group says 85% to 90% of the seats will be filled. and the holiday trip will cost you more than last year, 9% more, according to travelocity. nonstop prices are nearly double than what they were at the beginning of december. >> the average price is over $400 round-trip. that's a big bite out of someone's wallet, especially if you multiply that across several family members. >> reporter: if you're still on the fence about whether to take that christmas flight, decide fast. >> the time to book was weeks ago. but if you haven't booked yet, you have to pull the trigger right now. prices are going up, not every day, but every hour you wait. >> reporter: looking for cheaper fares, travelocity says your best bet is christmas ev
. this sunday's big snow dumped 10 1/2," biggest snowfall on record here in the twin cities. minneapolis-st. paul more snow than they had seen any single day last season, at one point coming down more than an inch an hour. for some a welcome start for winter fun. >> it's never too much. >> reporter: for drivers in the dakotas, minnesota and wisconsin, icy roads and blizzard conditions made for dangerous driving. >> be patient. that's the big thing. be patient. >> reporter: in minnesota alone, more than 600 accidents. >> there have been a lot of spinouts, a lot of people in the ditch. >> reporter: plows out in force to make sure commuters could make it to work this morning. >> it's great that it's a sunday. we don't have to deal with rush hour traffic. >> reporter: in rochester, minnesota, where temperatures reached record highs a week ago, parents and children don't seem to mind the change in the weather. >> we didn't get much snow last year. we're really excited to have the snow. >> reporter: area retailers were also happy to see the snow, hoping to get shoppers in the spirit of the sea
. you're in "the situation room." >>> washington is a deadline-oriented city, and this coming week brings one that is a real doozy, billions in tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts take effect. it forces members of congress and president obama to spend the last few days of 2012 on the job. we want to bring in cnn chief white house correspondent, jessica yelen, we all know they would rather celebrate new year's eve elsewhere. how did they get here? >> reporter: it is such a good question, you know, candy, this grid lock in washington creates the eye-rolling. but the fundamental question goes to the essential differences between the two parties about the role of government, should it be bigger or smaller? about whether we want lower taxes or more of a social safety net. so while we have seen the principles, the president, speaker boehner, and now senator mcconnell and reid trying to get involved in stages in the last few weeks, it has always broken down because they fundamentally disagree about the big ideas over the core of this debate. they're fighting between the two p
that federal lock up is in the city and considered that you can't brake out of it. somehow two people did . last night at len:30 one of the convicted bank robbers was found and arrested here in a small apartment building in chicago's lincoln park neighborhood. joseph jose banks arrested here without incident. he was not armed at the time and neighbors tell me they heard a loud bang and saw him walking out and just like the photograph that we broadcasted on television of the convicted bank robbers. they broke out of the metropolitan correctional center in the dead of night and looked like they made a rope out of the bed sheets and broke through the wall and lowered themselves from the high rise prison 15 or 20 stories down to freedom. they were seen catching a taxicab on michigan avenue and went to the robber's mother's house in the south suburb. last night the f.b.i. made an arrest and we hope to learn more today. back to you. >> allyson: a rope of bed sheets so effective but today. >> steve: he was the judge to the supreme court and sparked an epic battle and changed the politics of pick
million dollars. it's a nice reflection on us all. now through january 2nd. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at >>> over his five decade career, photographer steve shapiro has photographed everything from presidents to poodles and he's hinds classic photos of rock stars, film stars, and migrant workers and the selma march. we have some never before published photos. >> thank you. >> it's called "then and now." a real theme of juxtaposition. not only timewise, but the images you take. i want to start with the first one. kind of jarring. two little girls, which i think is in the selma march in alabama, 1965, juxtaposed with two little girls in chicago at american
that that city has seen in nearly 100 years. today the airlines had to cancel some 150 flights nationwide. you can hardly see a thing in atlanta's airport. it's the busiest one in the country. biggest travel headaches could come tomorrow as the folks take to the roads and the skies by the millions. the system's one-two punch also slamming the southeast. winds there reaching 70 miles per hour. that, of course, close to hurricane strength. and officials report possible tornadoes in texas, louisiana, and mississippi and they say a man died when strong winds knocked down this tree. the twister threat isn't over yet. so let's go straight to meteorologist sara robleski from fox 25 in boston. sarah, could to see you. who is going to see snow? how much and when is it going to clear out? >> yeah. this storm is a big storm. there is many components to it. the main thing that we are watching for snow that pushed through parts of the plains now is going to be heading to the northeast in places such as the ohio valley, the midwest and the northeast over the next couple of days that is going to see a goodme
was 15 at charlie square in salt lake city. >> i'm carolyn tuft, my daughter kirsten was killed in salt lake city. and i was also seriously injured in 2007. >> my name is peter reed, i'm here, again, as i was in april, because of my daughter, mary. she was shot and killed in her french class on the campus of virginia tech on april 16, 2007. >> my name is casey, my little brother, derrek was riddled with bullets on september 8, 2001 new york sacramento, california. -- in sacramento, california. >> my name is paul mauser, i'm the father of paul maus -- of daniel mauser who was killed in the massacre at columbine high school. >> my name is paul wilson. my beautiful wife christy lyn wilson, 26 years, was cowardly shot and killed in california, onth 12, 2011. -- october 12, 2011. >> i'm andre, i am father of bear. my son miraculously survived the shooting, he was in the line of fire. i am here not to represent the entire town, i am here just on my own accord. >> obviously the town that andre is talking about is newtown, connecticut. before we begin, is there anybody else here who has a story
. des moines, kansas city, lincoln, 40 to 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts. this access of the strongest winds moves into green bay, madison and chicago tonight. so chicago at about 7:00 is going to see the snow begin. it's going to change over from rain to snow at about 7:00 and then notice with this it may be tight, but look at this pressure gradient. this is where this incredibly strong winds are. this is kind of phase two of the storm. we had strong winds and snow. now more snow, stronger winds. by thursday night there's the snow tonight in chicago moving eastward. you can see tomorrow morning right along the 95 corridor, that's where we'll see rain and rain only and it moves out by tomorrow afternoon. >> thank you for the update. >>> there are only 12 days to go until we hit the fiscal cliff or go over the cliff. negotiations seem to be at a stalemate. optimism that was in the air a little bit earlier this week has now vanished. president obama and the house speaker john boehner seem to be butting heads and the rancor could be worse today when the speaker puts his plan b up for a vo
'll have a moment of silence in newtown in cities across america and around the world. the beautiful church bells will toll for all of the victims of the horrific shooting here. the governor here has asked for this to be a day of mourning, we can't understand what these families are going through, but we want to stand near them. president obama will also observe the moment of silence, and governors from at least 28 states have asked all of their residents to do the same. john, we'll bring that moment live on cnn, but the president has shifted to focus additionally on gun control in this country. that debate raging in the wake of this tragedy. the white house releasing a video from the president, just this morning. the president acknowledging that he is a supporter of the second amendment, the right to bear arms, saying that most gun owners are indeed responsible. but also making very clear where he draws the line. >> here is what i think we should do. this week, i called on congress to take up and pass common sense legislation, that has the support of the majority of the american people, in
directing new york city traffic. >> brian: the winner of the x factor will be joining us live. if you have to run from the tv, run to the radio. steve, you'll be joining me, right? >> steve: i will. weather alert. serious trouble for millions of americans hoping to travel for the holiday. check out the storm system. it is powerful. moving through the central part of u.s., upper plains. blizzard and winter storm warnings for nebraska and great lakes. deep south tornado sirens blaring. mobile, alabama, roofs have been ripped off, trees topple. a powerful storm moves through there. a warning in effect in mobile, alabama. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: why don't we get normal weather. always something extreme. it is causing delays and cancellations. they're trying to get home. going through chicago o'hare's airport the nation's second busiest airport. they're having a tough time. live screen left, you see minneapolis. screen right you see storm damage where it already went through in mobile, alabama. could be a rough couple days out there as the head -- storm heads o
snow in the cascades. and sierra nevada. >> 40s from seattle to san francisco, 20s from the twin cities to kansas city. and 30s for the midwest and northeast. >>> moving to the other big story, president obama and top lawmakers meet at the white house today on the fiscal cliff. whether they'll be able to reach a compromise is still an open question, but just in case, speaker john boehner has called house members to a rare sunday session. here's abc's jonathan karl with more. >> reporter: president obama cut short his hawaiian vacation, rushing back to washington where storm clouds, real storm clouds are gathering over the capitol. instead of deal making, it's name calling. the top democrat in the senate, accusing the republican speaker of the house of running a dictatorship. they say they haven't given up, but it sounds that way. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> here we are, once again, at the end of the year, staring at a crisis we should have dealt with literally months ago. >> reporter: without an agreement soon, nearly everybody takes a hit. a schoolteacher with t
say, yim wiwillie? what do i say? this year the music city bowl is better than last year. finally it's true this year. i can't believe it. >> we got the match-ups everybody was shooting with. >> vanderbilt plays wesley college? >> don't cheapen it. >> why do you cheapen it? >> mr. chris fowler is here earlier. >> if the world doesn't end, the vanderbilt and nc state. >> who do you like in the game? 11 a.m. >> teams with interim head coaches don't perform that well in bowl games. >> we locked up a great coach in james franklin. >> what's every kid's dream? >> to play at 11:00 a.m. on january 1st. when i was throwing around the football in the backyard, i had one day -- >> some don't go to the national title game every year relentlessly. >> i'm proud, alabama and notre dame. the view from the s.e.c. is noelt free dame is adorable. >> that's the view about the opponent thrown at them in front of the game. do they belong in the game? of course they do. they navigated a tough schedule. they're 90-1 preseason. that's an incredible story they've overcome. we'll find out if they belong with
in reading, they live right in the city. they think about the second amendment all of the time. >> i think there are many responsible gun owners, again, who are hunters, who know about gun safety and training, they put rolocks on their guns, they put them in a locker so that i're not accessible to children or others who should not have them or don't know how to use them. the work that the mayor bloomberg is doing and mayor menino, mayors against illegal guns, that demand a plan activity and web site, people should check that out. they should get engaged and involved. ir saw an ad in one of the new york papers asking people to sign uch. this issue is not going away. we, as a country, damn well better figure out how to do more than one thing at a time. fiscal cliff? very important. public safety and gun violence? very important. getting people back to work in america? very important. we can actually do more than one thing at a time. mayors across the country do that every day. >> well said. thank you very much, mayor michael nutter. happen any newier to you, sir. up next, the best political
barreling across the city, lightning flashing inside like giant christmas ornaments. >> wow! look at that. >> reporter: at least 15 reported twisters spawned by a storm marching all the way from california. the tornadoes triggering these explosions, tossing trailers. >> we've got a lot of damage, people hurt. >> we've had homes that are 90% destroyed. >> reporter: the midtown area of mobile fully blacked out, lit only by the lights of police cruisers. this morning, about 20,000 mobile residents are still without power. over 100,000 across the state. dazed residents pick through debris as rescue workers search for people trapped in the rubble. the punishing wind mangling the graceful homes. matt gutman, abc news, mobile, alabama. >>> early on christmas day, a houston area man died after a tree fell right on his pickup truck. strong winds apparently brought the tree down and crushed the 25-year-old victim. he was trying to move another tree that fell when he was hit. winds brought down power lines leaving thousands in the park. as abc's mark greenblatt reports, this storm dumped snow just t
and not only for the midwest but also the south and gulf coast. speaking . snow. talking about it kansas city up to greenbay. we could get a foot or more of snow. blizzard warnings in the areas of red and gusts of 50 miles per hour and blowing snow and scriz down to nothing and travel is going to be crippled in the midwest and that is going to cause a ripple affect in the country. >> steve: how rare are december tornados in really? >> we are on the low side of seeing tornado month of december but tornados can happen any where or any. it is a rarelyy rare event for the month of december. >> brian: meanwhile chicago is hit with the storm . we found wfld anita joining us right now. >> hi, and good morning to you, o'hare airport is saying they may have to ground flights because of the wind gusts we are seeing already this morning. personallyy, i want to let our viewers know if you come to chicago. pack two different things. have your rain boots and you will need your no boots for later. things are going to change . another thing to keep in mind. gas up their car. this is the day when the snow hit
city subway train on thursday told them she did so because she hates hindus and muslims. her victim was an immigrant from india. doctors in houston report former president george h.w. bush's condition is improving and that he is no longer in intensive care. mr. bush has been hospitalized since last month with a bronchitis-related cough. this week marks the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, the document deciding that all slaves were to be forever free. to mark the occasion the document signed by president abraham lincoln goes on display in the national archives in washington. now the weather. the chance of rain in the northeast but it will be sunny in the central plains and the southwest. scattered showers in the pacific northwest. the first few days of 2013 will see colder temperatures across most of the country. >> nothing bad. osgood: ahead, meet jamie foxx. >> i had a neighborhood. everybody was going to chump. it was cool. if somebody pulled a gun, they >> osgood: natural gas is cheap and plentiful and could supply us with energy for decades to come. but to get
on the streets of our cities? they aren't good hunting weapons, no hunter worth their salt would use an assault weapon to hunt, and, what we'd do is take the earlier bill and strengthen it in many ways, prevent the gun manufacturers, from getting around it as they did. go to a one physical characteristic test and take specific models and ban mayor manufacture, sale and transfer and take the weapons that are grandfathered, that are in possession now, and put them under the federal firearms act. so that they would be licensed, there would be background checks down. america has to bite the bullet of what these incidents mean to our people, to our nation, and our nation's standing in the world. when you have someone walking in and flaying in the most brutal way, 6-year-olds, something is really wrong. this is one effort and other things we should do to try to put weapons under some kind of appropriate authority. >> chris: senator graham, you support the nra plan to put more school security in place, and you oppose senator feinstein's assault weapons ban. why is she wrong? >> we'll, we had the assau
succeeded in pushing the army out of a lot of cities however that just means the army goes in with their artillery, their air force and destroys with whatever they can. the rebels for their part still badly outgunned are doing better, they are becoming more organized. they're getting weapons from qatar and other gulf countries to keep the pressure up on president assad. actions speak a whole lot louder than words here in the middle east. and one of syria's only allies, russia, has stood behind them at least in the diplomatic speak but we just learned russia is sending warships to off the syrian coast there in the mediterranean sea potentially to evacuate russian civilians if things continue to deteriorate inside syria. which does tell you, jenna, people inside syria and also inside the russian government are making at least contingency plans for the demise of the assad regime. jenna. jenna: we'll continue to watch it. level land, thank you. jon: one of hollywood's biggest stars expected to testify today on capitol hill. so what do you think brings ben affleck to washington?
. this is one of the worst recoveries ever in u.s. history. we have people suffering in the inner cities who have not had a job for four or five years. teenagers, they've lost all the skills to work, they'll be never brought back into the mainstream and these people are dancing and fiddling while rome is burning. it's too bad we have to wait a couple, three, maybe four years before we can bring good economics in. martha: i hope that is not true. spend some time with your families, enjoy the holidays, and sit tight. >> i have a great family and you have a great, great holiday season, martha, merry christmas to you. martha: you too art to you and yours. always good to talk to you. bill: jon scott standing by. another nice man. merry christmas to you jon what is happening. jon: merry christmas to you bill. do you remember when the friday before christmas was always kind of quiet, not so much going on? we have a new nominee for secretary of state. the nation is coming every closer to the fiscal cliff with no answers in sight and not much time to get it done. the stock market is sliding. we've go
in the city. >> details. >> will it ever? >> it will. in fact, you know what? there is a chance that new york city just a little strip maybe even towards boston a little snow christmas eve night into christmas morning. not a major snow but a little bit of snow that will put people in the mood. better chance for a bigger snow he though wednesday and thursday. a couple days after that take a look at that put up the graphics. show you this little storm. there is cold air that will be in place boy monday across the northern plains. move forward into tuesday. and that cold air that's represented in the blue dives down towards the south. that green that is precipitation. your snow nice as long as you don't need to get out on the roads. move forwards to wednesday that storm strengthens and pulls out ohio valley and northeast. the exact track of the storm still too early to say. at this point models are being a little more consistent and looking like we could be dealing with a significant snow again across the ohio valley and into the northeast wednesday and thursday. here you go. here is today thoug
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